WEST HARTFORD – Proud families and friends looked on as the West Hartford Adult Education program honored twenty-three graduates of its high school completion programs in a ceremony at the Town Hall Auditorium on November 16.

Assistant Superintendent Tom Moore addressed the graduates, noting that their perseverance to attain their goals in spite of adversity is an inspiration to all who attend this ceremony. State Department of Education Consultant Ajit Gopalakrishan welcomed the graduates to the start of the next level of attainment, the post secondary education that many of them will pursue.

Current graduate Nessa Newman acknowledged the hard work of her teachers in her speech, noting that the National External Diploma Program (NEDP) she completed fit perfectly into her life at the right time. A recent graduate of the Class of 2009, Nydia Figueroa, talked about how her diploma allowed her to move on in her education and to obtain a job as a teacher’s aide in a district special education program.

There have been more than three hundred graduates from the NEDP program in West Hartford since its inception. These graduates are in addition to the students who earn their General Education Development (GED) state diplomas by passing a standardized test. This past year fourteen students in West Hartford earned their GED out of sixteen who took the test, and three earned their GED at the honors level.

Source: National External Diploma Program graduate

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